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Uphold Olympic Values

International Olympic Commit­tee (IOC) president Thomas Bach is urging all Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) members to appreciate, engage and show dedication in sup­porting the Olympic movement.
04 May 2022 14:00
Uphold Olympic Values
Oceania National Olympic Committee’s (ONOC) president Dr Robin Mitchel (left), with the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, in Nadi on May 3, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

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International Olympic Commit­tee (IOC) president Thomas Bach is urging all Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) members to appreciate, engage and show dedication in sup­porting the Olympic movement.

He made the remarks yesterday while officiating the opening of the XLII ONOC general assembly at the Sheraton Fiji Golf Resort in Dena­rau.

The theme of the event is ‘40 years of building lives through the Olym­prism in Oceania’.

“I was really longing to be back with you here after some years,” Bach said.

The meeting returns after two years of pandemic.

He commended Oceania for set­ting a benchmark because of the solidarity among their agencies during the pandemic.

Bach reiterated the importance for ONOC, and leading individuals, not to support actions like the Rus­sian invasion on Ukraine.

Bach also emphasised how the IOC supported the United Nations’ sustainability and development goals.

“As far as all of us are concerned, in particular with climate change. I have decided to join the sport for the climate action framework.

“In solidarity, because nobody can fight against climate change alone. You will know about the IOC com­mitment in this respect. The IOC will be climate positive in 2024. And the Olympic Games will be climate positive.

“At this moment, we can be pretty confident that they can achieve these targets even in this very short period of time.

“There is a real long term vision to start with creating a legacy, and the power of this legacy will be this project with Oceania. We’ll start with the preparation of your ath­letes from now on.”

Bach thanked ONOC president Dr Robin Mitchell for his leadership and support for IOC.

Dr Mitchell was re-elected as pres­ident, along with secretary general Ricardo Blas.

New Suva HQ

Tonight, Bach will be part of the ONOC 40th anniversary dinner at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel. This takes place after he opens the new ONOC headquarters in Suva.

Award for Saukuru

Former Oceania Sport and Educa­tion Programme coordinator, Saini­mili Saukuru, was one of two recip­ients who received the ONOC Merit Award from Bach during the XLII ONOC general assembly yesterday.

Saukuru joined the Olympic Movement in May 2007 until she left her post in December because of the ‘No Jab, No Work’ policy.

“I thank the IOC and Olympic Soli­darity for all that you have done. I pulled up my heart with passion be­cause I believe growth involves in­vesting in our people,” the 47-year-old said.

She also said OSEP was about change, making a difference, chal­lenging the status quo and raising the bar.

The mother of four children is now running her own entrepreneurship Kingdom personal coaching.

The other recipient was Organi­sation of Sports Federations of Oceania (OSFO) secretary general, Chet Gray.

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